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Waldo Salt (screenplay)
James Leo Herlihy (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
16 June 1969 (Brazil) See more »
Whatever you hear about Midnight Cowboy is true. See more »
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Ratso

Jon Voight ... Joe Buck

Sylvia Miles ... Cass

John McGiver ... Mr. O'Daniel

Brenda Vaccaro ... Shirley

Barnard Hughes ... Towny

Ruth White ... Sally Buck - Texas

Jennifer Salt ... Annie - Texas

Gilman Rankin ... Woodsy Niles - Texas (as Gil Rankin)
Gary Owens ... Little Joe - Texas
T. Tom Marlow ... Little Joe - Texas
George Eppersen ... Ralph - Texas
Al Scott ... Cafeteria Manager - Texas
Linda Davis ... Mother on the Bus - Texas
J.T. Masters ... Old Cow-Hand - Texas
Arlene Reeder ... The Old Lady - Texas

Georgann Johnson ... Rich Lady - New York
Jonathan Kramer ... Jackie - New York

Anthony Holland ... TV Bishop - New York

Bob Balaban ... The Young Student - New York
Jan Tice ... Freaked-Out Lady - New York
Paul Benjamin ... Bartender - New York
Peter Scalia ... Vegetable Grocer - New York
Vito Siracusa ... Vegetable Grocer - New York
Peter Zamagias ... Hat Shop Owner - New York
Arthur Anderson ... Hotel Clerk - New York
Tina Scala ... Laundromat Lady - New York
Alma Felix ... Laundromat Lady - New York
Richard Clarke ... Escort Service Man - New York
Ann Thomas ... The Frantic Lady - New York
Paul Rossilli ... Hansel McAlbertson - The Party (as Gastone Rossilli)

Viva ... Gretel McAlbertson - The Party

Ultra Violet ... The Party
Paul Jabara ... The Party

International Velvet ... The Party
Cecelia Lipson ... The Party

Taylor Mead ... The Party

Paul Morrissey ... The Party
Joan Murphy ... The Waitress - Florida
Al Stetson ... Bus Driver - Florida
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucian Addario ... Sailor in Bar (uncredited)

Pat Ast ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernice ... Dog Outside Warhol Party (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ... Old Lady in Subway (uncredited)

Philip Bruns ... Man in TV Montage (uncredited)

Randall Carver ... Rapist in Flashback (uncredited)

Marlene Clark ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
William Door ... Man at Party (uncredited)

Sandy Duncan ... Woman in TV Montage (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited)
Paul Jasmin ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Barbara Maggio ... Gina (uncredited)
Jay Morran ... Pimp (uncredited)
Waldo Salt ... Joe Pyne on TV Show (uncredited)
Renee Semes ... Hippie in Coffee Shop (uncredited)
Jeffrey Walker ... Hippie #3 (uncredited)

M. Emmet Walsh ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Bill Walters ... St. Bernard Owner (uncredited)

Directed by
John Schlesinger 
Writing credits
Waldo Salt (screenplay)

James Leo Herlihy (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Jerome Hellman .... producer
Kenneth Utt .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Barry (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Adam Holender (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh A. Robertson (film editor)
Casting by
Marion Dougherty (uncredited)
Production Design by
John Robert Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
Philip Smith  (as Phil Smith)
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hairdresser
Dick Smith .... makeup consultant
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... assistant production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Hal Schaffel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burtt Harris .... second unit director
Terence A. Donnelly .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Willis Conner .... assistant art director
Edward Garzero .... master scenic artist (as Ed Carzero)
William J. Gerrity .... construction grip
Edward Swanson .... head carpenter (as Ed Swanson)
Sound Department
Vincent Connelly .... sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Abe Seidman .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound mixer
Stephen Fitzstephens .... foley artist (uncredited)
James Perdue .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joshua White .... special lighting effects (as Joshua Light Show)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator (as Dick Kratina)
Norman Leigh .... chief electrician
Michael Mahony .... key grip (as Mike Mahony)
Willie Meyerhoff .... chief electrician
Tom Priestley Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Max Soloman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard P. Cirincione .... assistant editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Keith Parrish .... color timer: new negative (25th anniversary restoration)
Ed Rothkowitz .... assistant editor (as Edward Rothkowitz)
Len Saltzberg .... assistant editor (as Leonard Saltzberg)
Music Department
John Barry .... music supervisor
Toxey French .... musical producer
Garry Sherman .... arranger
Garry Sherman .... conductor
Toots Thielemans .... musician: harmonica played by (as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
Ronald Frangipane .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Walter E. Sear .... musician: electronic music, Sear Electronic Music Production (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Childers .... assistant to the director
Jim Clark .... creative consultant
Pablo Ferro .... graphic effects
Nicholas Sgarro .... continuity (as Nick Sgarro)
Jeff Kanew .... trailer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jim B. Smith .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1984) | Australia:R (re-rating) (1973) | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (DVD rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:(Banned) (original rating) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) (1971) | Italy:VM18 | Japan:PG12 (2010) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (TV rating) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1988) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:R (certificate #22039) (edited for re-rating) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:16

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According to music producer Phil Ramone, Harry Nilsson's version of "Everybody's Talkin'" was originally used as a placeholder on the early edits of the film while waiting for his composition, "I Guess the Lord Must Be In New York City" to be ready for slotting in to the final cuts. As often happens, the director and producer got so used to hearing the filler song they ultimately stuck with it. Both have similar rhythms and melody lines.See more »
Errors in geography: As the bus Joe Buck rides approaches New York, the view focuses on the Statue of Liberty. However this shot is from the New Jersey Turnpike's Holland Tunnel-Newark Bay Extension (Interchange 14C) going southbound, away from New York. Minutes later in the same scene, the view from the bus shows the Midtown Manhattan skyline as it enters the Lincoln Tunnel.See more »
[first lines]
Joe Buck:Whoopee-tee-yi-yo. Get along little dogies. It's your misfortune and none of my own.
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166 out of 200 people found the following review useful.
An all-time favorite of mine., 10 June 2002
Author: capkronos ( from Ohio, USA

In my opinion, this is one of the greatest movies ever made in America and it deserved every single award it won and it's place on the AFI Top 100 list (though it's shamefully too low on the IMDB Top 250 list, at only #183 as of this writing). If you enjoy acting of the highest calibre (Voight and Hoffman are a superb match), well-drawn characterizations and inventive direction, editing and cinematography, you'll love this just as much as I did. Schlesinger paints a vivid, always credible picture of the late 60s New York City scene and it's many victims struggling to overcome personal demons and survive amidst the amorality, poverty and hopelessness of 42nd Street, New York City.

The filmmaking techniques employed here brilliantly capture the feel of the underground New York film movement (and of the city) and are nothing less than dazzling. I've seen many ideas (including the rapid-fire editing, the handling of the voice-over flashbacks, the drug/trip sequences and the cartoonish face slipped in during a murder scene to convey angst and terror) stolen by other filmmakers.

The relationship between Joe and Ratso is handled in such a way as to be viewed as an unusually strong friendship OR having it's homosexual underpinnings. I think the director handled this in a subtle way not to cop out to the censorship of the times, but rather to concentrate his energies on the importance of a strong human connection in life, whether it be sexual or not.

MIDNIGHT COWBOY is a brave, moving film of magnitude, influence and importance that has lost absolutely none of it's impact over the years, so if you haven't seen it, you're really missing out on a true American classic. I recommend this film to everyone.

Score: 10 out of 10.

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